Everyone has heard the expression ”When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” but the G&H Heinrich winery took that practice to a new level. While harvesting, they came upon an area of their Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch vineyards which were affected by botrytis cinerea. Rather than discard the grapes, they allowed them to hang on the vine for several weeks. At the winery, they turned these grapes into a sweet style of red wine which is a delightful example of the winery’s innovation and winemaking talent.
Pair this wine with streudel, red velvet cake, cheesecake, or drink it on its own as an after-dinner meditation wine.
Gernot and Heike Heinrich founded their winery in 1990 with 2 ½ acres of vineyard purchased from Gernot”s family. His early work in the family winery, like most of that generation, was purely an agricultural pursuit with goals more related to quantity production. Gernot”s parents had wished their son would choose a different path, because unlike him, they could not see the potential for great wines to be produced from this area. Just over a decade later, the Heinrich”s were recognized with the prestigious Falstaff ”Winemaker of the Year” award. The philosophy at the winery is as transparent and pure as their wines. Their initial challenges were no comparison to the joy and some measure of freedom it gave Gernot & Heike to make a fresh start for the area. That joy and bravery still drives them both today, as they look across Lake Neusiedl to Leithaberg for their next challenge.